Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Federal program supports the protection of federal public lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and recreation areas – and voluntary conservation on private land. LWCF investments secure public access, improve recreational opportunities and preserve ecosystem benefits for local communities.

LWCF State Grants program 

Provides matching grants to state and tribal governments for the acquisition and development of public parks and other outdoor recreation sites. Grants have funded projects in every county in the country, over 40,000 projects since 1965. Number of projects = 41,999. Funding provided = $3.9 billion.

Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund 

Grants provide funds to states and territories to work with private landowners, conservation organizations and other partners to protect and conserve the habitat of threatened and endangered species. Number of grants = 246. Funding provided = $394 million.

Forest Legacy Program 

Provides grants through state partners to protect environmentally sensitive forest lands while maintaining private ownership and working forests. Total acres protected = 2.37 million. Funding provided =$1.4 billion.


The Land and Water Conservation Fund FY2016 Budget Request:  View Summary

FY2016 Budget Map, pdf version

Interactive Budget Map